Updates from the Board

Dear Neighbor,

We have received answers to questions from Alyia Gaskins:

Q. What is the process for getting the park on Polk Ave. dedicated as a nature sanctuary?

A. From past practice, the City hasn’t designated park properties as nature sanctuaries. Polk Ave. Park is one of multiple properties that RPCA will be considering rezoning from their current zoning status to Public Open Space (POS).

Q. What is the construction timeline for Ft. Ward Park, specifically the gazebo and playground?

A. We anticipate completion within 4-6 weeks. We have experienced a delay and the need to make a modification to the ADA parking spaces. As soon as the change order is finalized, we will provide an updated construction schedule. The parking spaces are the connection point for the accessible trail to the shelter.

Q. How can residents comment on or learn more about the $5m that the city recently received for construction of the Holmes Run Trail Bridge at North Morgan Street?

A. City staff are working on a few details and will provide more information by this fall. City Council approved design funding for this project in FY 2025 pending successful award of the $5M with the anticipation that construction would begin in late 2025 or early 2026. The $5M award is for a designated project to replace the current fair-weather bridge in Dora Kelley Park with a raised bridge. This project is independent from the other four ongoing projects and there will be no delay in their schedules resulting from this new project.

-Alyia Gaskins, Councilmember, Cell: 703-244-3312,

Update from the Sheriff’s Office:

I hope you are all doing well. As you all may or may not be aware, the Sheriff's Office is hosting a community academy for four consecutive Saturdays from September 10 through October 1, with graduation on the morning of October 8. Classes are held on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the William G Truesdale Adult Detention Center, 2003 Mill Road, in Alexandria.

Classes are a combination of presentations and interactive activities. Class topics will include jail operations, judicial and special operations, civil process and warrant service, and inmate services and programs. Participants will tour the Adult Detention Center and the Alexandria Courthouse.

We would love to have you and your members join us at our fall community academy. Additional information can be found at the following link: Sheriff’s Community Academy

-Sheriff Sean Casey

Thank you,

BSVCA Board of Directors

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